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April 21, 2008 9:56 AM

Locker feeling more comfortable

Posted by Bob Condotta

We're still waiting for word on Juan Garcia, which likely won't come until Tyrone Willingham meets with the media today before practice.

In the meantime, I'll pass along some happier news in the form of a few comments from UW quarterback Jake Locker last week.

UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano has said several times during the spring that Locker appears to be a more accurate passer than he was last fall, and Locker agrees,

"I feel a lot more comfortable,'' he said. "I just feel like I am completing more passes. I haven't been missing chronically high or low or anything. Every once in a while I miss a throw --- I'm not going to make them all. But overall I've felt really comfortable in the pocket and felt confident in where I am going with the ball.''

An example was a 74-yard TD pass Locker threw to D'Andre Goodwin in a scrimmage a week ago Saturday. It was a play similar to one Locker missed on against USC last year when he scrambled out of the pocket and overthrew Corey Williams in the end zone. This time, when Locker scrambled and threw, he took enough off the throw to allow it to get to Goodwin.

"Last year in situations like that that where I came out of the pocket and was moving, I put a little bit too much on the ball when I didn't need to,'' he said. "I feel like I'm getting more comfortable in those situations, especially when I'm moving, understanding that it's a big play but that it's more important to get him the ball than to throw the perfect pass at that time.''

And Locker also points out the obvious --- that it only makes sense he's getting better with age. This is still just his second spring practice with the Huskies and the number of QBs who struggled at times in their first year or two before becoming superstars is staggeringly long.

"Last year I was still getting familiar with the offense, feeling it out in game situations, game speed, trying to recognize what the defense was going to do,'' he said. "Now I just feel confident in what we are doing. I know the game plan, I know the scheme. I know why coach Lappano calls the plays when he does. I'm not having to think as much. I'm just able to play and react, much like playing in high school, and it's made it a lot more enjoyable.''

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